Goldman Sachs VP Peter Simonyi Changes Name to Simonyi Haller to Advance Goldman Lobbying Interests As Top Staffer To Darrell Issa


The Market Ticker – You HAVE To Be Joking (GS VP Changes Name?)

This can’t be true…. can it?

Has Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) turned the House Oversight Committee into a bank lobbying firm with the power to subpoena and pressure government regulators? ThinkProgress has found that a Goldman Sachs vice president changed his name, then later went to work for Issa to coordinate his effort to thwart regulations that affect Goldman Sachs’ bottom line.

In July, Issa sent a letter to top government regulators demanding that they back off and provide more justification for new margin requirements for financial firms dealing in derivatives. A standard practice on Capitol Hill is to end a letter to a government agency with contact information for the congressional staffer responsible for working on the issue for the committee. In most cases, the contact staffer is the one who actually writes such letters. With this in mind, it is important to note that the Issa letter ended with contact information for Peter Haller, a staffer hired this year to work for Issa on the Oversight Committee.

Ok, so who is this guy?  Just a staffer, right?  Uh……

Haller, as he is now known, went by the name Peter Simonyi until three years ago. Simonyi adopted his mother’s maiden name Haller in 2008 shortly after leaving Goldman Sachs as a vice president of the bank’s commodity compliance group. In a few short years, Haller went from being in charge of dealing with regulators for Goldman Sachs to working for Congress in a position where he made official demands from regulators overseeing his old firm.

You’re joking right?

Oh, maybe you’re not.

Where’s my pitchfork and torch – or more importantly, where’s yours?

This nation deserves an all-on economic and political collapse.  I don’t want to see one, as I know that what comes from it will be horrifying, but we have no argument at a moral, ethical or for that matter Biblical level for avoiding it any longer.

PS: For those who think this is some sort of smear job by ThinkProgress click that link above on “adopted”.  That’s a saved copy of the web site from the law firm that publicly discloses the name change and guy’s CV.  He didn’t even try to hide it – as of this morning, the same content is there.  Yes, I looked.

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26 Responses to “Goldman Sachs VP Peter Simonyi Changes Name to Simonyi Haller to Advance Goldman Lobbying Interests As Top Staffer To Darrell Issa”
  1. Debbie says:

    Mike Sechler,

    Your comment that bad facts do not make for a better argument would have “weight” if the content and main point of the story were not true. The truth of why he changed is name maybe in dispute, however, his contact information is in the letter that Darrell Issa signed telling government regulators to back off investigating Goldman Sachs and other Too Big To Fail Banks.

    Until and when you can factually refute the content and main point of the story from ThinkProgress, I suggest that you do not term a disputed issue as bad facts. Have a great banking day tomorrow.

  2. Mike Sechler says:

    Bad facts do not make for better arguments. The gentleman in question did in fact change his name, but not for the reasons suggested by Think Progress. He changed his name to honor a grandfather who died fighting facists in Transylvania in 1944. By the way his sister also changed her name for the same reason. Check out better reporting of the story here.

    I happened on your site looking for more info on this story, so I have no ax to grind one way or the other on your issue. In fact, I probably would even sympathize somewhat, but using bad info from a site with an obvious political agenda (Think Progress) does not help your cause look just.

  3. Fury says:

    is peter simonyi related to the microsoft billionaire, charles simonyi?

    charles is the one who “dated” martha stewart for 15 years and then married a much younger woman.

  4. Please, Just take the money out of politics, once and for all!, Is there any way to scratch the supreme court decision Citizens United? we are doom !

  5. We are in a PLUTOCRACY: Government by the wealthy that controls a government, often from behind the scenes, The preponderance of political power, whether directly or indirectly, A system of rule that is mostly by and for the super rich, A group of privileged people might shape the economy and government for their own benefit, I can go on….

  6. lvent says:

    FOX is right now talking about OPERATION FAST AND FURIOUS involving the Justice Department and how DARRELL ISSA is going after the Justice Department and Eric Holder for selling weapons to drug dealers which resulted in the murder of an U.S. BORDER CONTROL GUARD…..Now we have GOLDMAN SUCKS STICKING THEIR TWO CENTS IN by trying to buy DARRELL ISSA…Word on the street is ERIC HOLDER MAY BE FORCED TO RESIGN FOR THIS TREASONIST DEED……WELL HE SHOULD…AND HE SHOULD BE REPLACED WITH ELLIOT SPITZER…….WORD ON THE STREET IS…..This was another part of the NEW WORLD HORDERS EVIL PLANS FOR WORLD DOMINATION and they used the Justice Dept and Eric Holder as secret agents and this was yet another FALSE FLAG OPERATION BY THE NEW WORLD HORDER to take our guns away and OPEN UP THE BORDERS TO ILLEGAL ALIENS!!!!!!!!……….DESPICABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • lvent says:


    • AAAHHHH YES…..History repeates itself…..Contra days all over again. Giving guns and money in trade for drugs to fly into this country……That proof is out in the open….nothing new…..The media mentions a few fields of drugs growing but nothing of what is flown in…legally….who are they fooling? This country killed the Boarder Patrol fella….they gave the guns to the killers….and now they want this country to be gunless? Don’t think so..

  7. lvent says:

    This is what they ALL do, change identities and come back all shiny and new…..MASSIVE DECEPTION….They are ALL really ONE agent working for a one world evil fascist,totalitarian agenda, the New World Horder..

    • ” You have to prove intent to do permanent harm and that is hard to do??? ” Losing a home is not permanent harm??? What about Washington Mutual…over a year investigation…FOUND FRAUD FROM BEGINNING TO END ON THE MORTGAGES AND THE CEO AND TOP DOGS ALL KNEW IT BUT DID NOTHING TO STOP IT….PER SENATOR LEVIN….AND THEY ALL WALKED AWAY….ALL BECA– USE OF HIDDEN RULES….’ THEIR RULES ‘….THE ONES PULLING THE STRINGS FROM BEHIND THE CURTAIN…….THE ONES WHO HIDE AND LET THE PEE-ONS DO THE DIRTY WORK….I GUESS IT’S EITHER YOU DO IT OR……………………REMEMBER…WE ARE CALLED THE ENEMY AND SLAVES….KINDA LOOKS LIKE THE PREPS ARE SLAVES TOO. Where’s Obama? On vacation again? Or is he planning his speech for Sept…more BS…on jobs…Don’t be fooled..whatever he say’s..reverse it…….Talking of jobs will not get him back in office….he had his chance…….

  8. lvent says:

    Last fall after my loan mod puked I called AG Lisa Madigan’s office to complain about unfair dealing by my pretender lender. I talked to a staff member and told her I have reason to believe that I am dealing with not only loan mod fraud but fraud in my entire loan. She told me fraud is hard to prove, that you have to prove intent to do permanent harm and that is not easy to do. Well DUH, HERE I AM IN FRAUDCLOSURE LAND and I can’t find an attorney to rep me… The attorney I met with today told me the reason criminal prosecutions of these Ponzi Schemers has not happened is because fraud is hard to prove…Really???? The DOJ and THE STATES ATTORNEYS don’t see intent to cause permanent harm? How many people lost everything? Who deliberately made liars loans and bundled too much risk and sold that pooled shit to the whole world knowing those pools would fail because of all of the risk associated with what they did? Who insured their risk to the hilt? Who extorted the bailout from the U.S. taxpayer and socialized all of their losses from that risk onto the U.S taxpayers after they intentionally crashed the stock market with insider trading when the defaults from all of their risk creation started escalating? See you tube video: CNBC ILLUMINATI CRASHES STOCK MARKET..There is absolute, undeniable proof this was a well planned and executed by the ruling elite who used perps to make MAINSTREET their debt slaves for eternity and a nation of renters who own nothing of value, just the debt they create..THEY WANT A NATIONWIDE RENT-A-CENTER….. It was meant to cause not only harm but permanent harm to MAINSTREET. THE ABSOLUTE PROOF can be found in those loan pools..and how many LIARS LOANS ARE MIXED WITH HOW MANY LEGITAMITE LOANS……That is what I want to know…that is what the investigators should be looking into……THAT IS NOT ONLY THE SET UP TO FAIL BUT IT WAS A TICKING TIME BOMB AND ALL OF THE PLAYERS KNEW IT…EVEN THE INVESTORS KNEW OR THEY WOULD NOT HAVE TAKEN CREDIT DEFAULT SWAP INSURANCE…..I would also really like to know what kind of bets the CME was making in the weeks before the market they did on 9/11 with American Airlines..See you tube video 9/11 Coincidences episode 17………..

    • lvent says:

      I am going to try and post this you tube video link to 9/11 coincidences Episode 17. If it does not post you can you tube search that title..I would like to what the names are of the politicians that got rich off of the stock market crash in 2008..and I am going to look into that as well. I hear there is a list somewhere and I will find it and post the results here.We need to know who these traitors of America are, and rout them out. I heard Obama is on that list…

    • I vent…just something short for to read your comments….But back when…. I read where Chase bet short on 9/11 and made billions…you probably can google this….no one can convience me and millions of others that fraud and a whole lot of shit was going on for over 11 years now…. Fraud is not hard to prove..when millions have lost everything…including their homes? Millions just do not ALL lose everything without reason….what do they want… for crowds of homeowners to jam the courts everyday to show the bastards the fraud with the damn documents? The courts are no longer the court of respect….and we need not give it. Millions can not possibly be wrong…no way. On the Chase betting on 9/11… it stated how Chase had done days before that led up to the fatal day…..they knew it was going to happen….it was not a bet by chance.

  9. Fury says:

    a rose is a rose is a rose.
    a bank lobbyist is a bank lobbyist is a bank lobbyist.

    does every single institution have to be chock full of con artists?!

    issa, get rid of this guy. the voters will get rid of you.

  10. Debbie says:

    Darrell Issa is a Republican from California. Once again, we have the Republicans upholding TBTF crap. Ben Bernanke has nothing to do with the actions of Darrell Issa and Peter Haller. Goldman Sachs is a dishonest, fraudulent… that will do anything to protect its interest.

    • leapfrog says:

      Issa is also an arsonist and car thief – perfect qualifications for a politician… I’d like to know why the people in his district keep electing this piece of scum.

      • Dont you know they control the voting results too? In this city, multiple friends of mine called me up and told me they received their voters card back stating their signatures did not match and their votes did not count. They were the right person. Remember the state that I can not remember specifically right now that the voters found they had voted one after another for a person they did not vote for and asked for a revote. They punched the right holes but the wrong person got the vote. Think this is an accident? Wish I could remember the state that happened in. I am sure some of you can. The mayor in my town is hated and he is on his third term. I just filed a lawsuit against this mayor for a crime he committed against me.

      • lvent says:

        Good for you Shelley!! Like George Carlin said in his video, the owners of this country, the table is tilted, the game is rigged…..
        George Carlin Video: The Truth About Wall Street and Washington:

        This David Chappelle video is funny too: Video: Dave Chappelle On White Collar Crime-I Plead Da Fif:

      • lvent says:

        Everyone should follow your cue Shelley and file lawsuits against all of these crooks..and don’t vote for any of them. F–k em all..What do they do for us? They ignore us and do what they want anyway yet we keep on voting for them, we keep on playing their game while they all sit back in one of many of their million dollar mansions and laugh at all of….Anyone ever see the movie Rat Race from a few years ago? It is hilarious but it is a sad fact that this is exactly what these rich bastards do to all of us…..they gamble on all of us for their own entertainment..and get filthier and filthier rich..We all keep putting up with it and going along with all of their bullshit and then what we will end up with is more of the same or worse. Someone said you only get the politicians that you deserve. America better wake up… George Carlin said in his video, they are coming for your pension money and they will get it and give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street… Even worse than that they are coming for our country and our U.S. CONSTITUTION, OUR NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY…..and that is what is next if they get away with all of this fraud….they are testing all of us to see what we will allow them to get away with and so far we have let them get away with everything…..

      • lvent says:

        I goofed, George Carllin said they are coming for your social security money…..
        Now, from the looks of things they are coming for the Medicare too.. How many people can’t afford healthcare anymore???.. People say Obama is weak but, its way worse than that,not only does he has foreign ruling elite owners, but he is also a member of that BIG CLUB that we are not in, he works for them and hand in hand with them, as well as most of the politicians. They own the criminal justice system too.

    • rictic says:

      I guess Issa now qualifies to join Holder, Bernanke, Geithner, Blankfein, Dimon, Moynihan, Soros, the Koch boys for a daily a$$ pounding from Bubba and his buddies…..
      Ahhh and then I woke up to the real world.

  11. David Robert says:

    Ron Moss – Bernanke won’t need food stamps in prison (wink).

  12. Beth A. says:

    That’s really twisted. Thanks for posting. Unreal, just unreal.

  13. Ron Moss says:

    I can’t wait till election and Ron Paul is placed in charge of Ben Bernanke. and Ben is able to qualify for food stamps from Obama

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